Susan's practice focuses on employment-related matters from the management side, including matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
She has experience defending employers in state and federal courts, and before state and federal agencies. In addition to her litigation practice, she counsels employers regarding employment agreements, handbooks and policies, employee discipline and terminations, and compliance with federal and state employment laws.
Susan has served as a regional chair for the firm's Women's Leadership Forum since 2008. Susan also is a member of the North Carolina State Alumni Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and serves on the Board of Advisors for Charlotte Collegiate Football.
While earning her law degree from Wake Forest University, Susan was a member of the Moot Court Board.
Representation of consumer electronics company in action against former employee involving breach of the employee’s noncompetition agreement and the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. Obtained a preliminary injunction against the former employee.
Defense of action for components manufacturer in ERISA litigation involving former executive who alleged entitlement to short and long term disability benefits. At the end of a trial, a defense verdict was obtained for our client and attorney’s fees also were awarded.
Defense of North Carolina college in a wage and hour audit. The matter was resolved favorably at the agency level without escalation to the courts.
Representation of global paper and packaging company in ERISA litigation involving alleged failure to provide pension disability benefits before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Summary Judgment unanimously affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, Woodward/White, Inc., 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Employment & Labor, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011
Named to "North Carolina Super Lawyers," Employment & Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017